Two Spaniards in the quarterfinals of the individual draw, Garbiñe Muguruza and Paula Badosa, and none in the doubles. Stock of a long day in Tokyo. Walk Muguruza with a “good feeling” and up a roller coaster of emotions. That counts after knocking down Belgian Alison van Uytvanck 6-4 6-1 in 1:20. In quarters will be the Kazakh Rybakina (20th). “Don’t tell me who I’m playing against, I want to focus on doubles!”s. And it was his turn for a marathon. In the last shift and 2h: 30 later, together with Carla Suárez, he faced Bencic-Golubic and they lost: 3-6, 6-1 and 11/9 in the super tie-break wasting a match ball.
Muguruza, then, collapsed. Crying like a cupcake, unable to speak a word, she appeared in the mixed zone. She wanted to offer her friend Carla a goodbye to the Games with a medal. “I take home a nice memory of having played here with her,” he managed to say. And it is that the Canarian enjoys the gift of staying on the track after fighting for 15 months against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and returning to Roland Garros.
“I already feel the games, because this is very hard, and now I will focus all my energy on the individual,” the Spanish warned, which performs pre and post game treatments to preserve the physique. But the Olympic tournament is serving the world’s number nine. “In the last two Grand Slams (loss in the first round at Roland Garros and in the third in London) I have had a very bad time. At Wimbledon I was very pressured, and I have decided that I must be good to myself, “she acknowledged.
Paula Badosa, for her part, continues without taking a step back. He prescribed the Argentine Nadia Podoroska (38th) a 6-2 and 6-3 in 1h: 24. With 21 winning strokes, giving up a single break. The painting, with the Naomi Osaka’s defeat at the hands of Marketa Vondrusova, it becomes clear to him and the Czech will have to be measured in quarters. They are not followed by Badosa and Sorribes in doubles, falling against Czechs Krejcikova and Siniakova 6-2, 5-7 and 10/5. The Castellón also said goodbye to the individual against Pavlyuchenkova by 6-1 and 6-3.
In addition, Badosa has signed up for the mixed doubles that starts on Wednesday with Pablo Carreño. Another veneer option. “I’m going to beat myself up, but I’m going to do it to try to get a medal. Even if I end up dead, I’m going to leave everything,” he warns.
DJOKOVIC-DAVIDOVICH AND THE MIXED DOUBLE
Alejandro Davidovich will try this morning (around 07:30 on the peninsula) to spoil the Grand Slam party for Novak Djokovic. Pablo Carreño will face Koepfer (04:00), Garbiñe Muguruza against the Kazakh Rybakina (07:30), Paula Badosa against Marketa Vondrusova (05.30) and the mixed doubles Badosa-Carreño will be released against the Poles Swiatek-Kubot (towards the 08:00). In mixed the picture is of only 16 pairs, reason why winning two parties would be in the ointment by the medals.